Collection UQFL45 - Gwen Harwood Papers

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UQFL45

Title

Gwen Harwood Papers

Date(s)

  • 1919-1994 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

37 boxes and 1 parcel.

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Name of creator

(1920-1995)

Biographical history

Gwen Harwood is one of Australia's best-known poets. She was born in Brisbane in 1920 and lived there until her marriage in 1945, when she moved to Hobart, Tasmania. Harwood's poetry and critical writing appeared regularly in Australian literary journals from the 1960s. She published eight books of poetry. In 1989 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to literature. She died in 1995.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1919-1994
Collection alternatively titled as: Gwen Harwood Collection.

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Scope and content

Collection of correspondence from friends and fellow writers, mostly poets, editors and critics, discussing poetry, literary journals in Australia, personal news. Also copies of poems enclosed with letters or included in them. The earliest letter is dated 31 Nov. 1933. The great bulk of letters was written in the 1960s and 1970s. In all there are over 900 letters and a large number of unsorted postcard communications. The collection also includes some of Gwen Harwood's outgoing correspondence, and mss of her poems, with some biographical material and photographs. Correspondents include: Bruce Beaver; Peter Bennie; John Beston; Kevin Bowden; Vincent Buckley; Nancy Cato; Alexander Craig; Margaret Diesendorf; R.D. Fitzgerald; Frank Green; Rodney Hall; Rex Hobcroft; A.D. Hope; Evan Jones; Frank Kellaway; James McAuley; Roger McDonald; James Penberthy; Craig Powell; Thomas Riddell; Keith Russell; Thomas Shapcott; Larry Sitsky; Vivian Smith; Norman Talbot. Includes folder of letters, with some poems, to Ann Jennings, 1959-1988. There are also some photographs.

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Conditions governing access

Restricted access to Box 2 folder16; Box 3 folders 1-4; Box 4 folders 2-3; Box 5 folders 1-6; Box 7 folders 4-18 and microfilm; Box 8 all items; Box 10 folder 9; Box 14 all items; Box 16 folders 7-10.

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Language of material

  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Priest, A.-M. (2014). 'Baby and Demon: Woman and the Artist in the Poetry of Gwen Harwood'. Hecate 40(2), 67–83.

Publication note

The Australian women's register, AWH003794

Publication note

'Guide to the Papers of Gwen Harwood, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.

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Alternative identifier(s)

Alma MMS ID

991003630959703131

Millennium Local System Number

.b19744158

OCLC Number

222660974 ; 1058666084

Libraries Australia ID

21260466 ; 63004963

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Status

Revised

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.

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